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17 January 2014

A453 boosts the East Midlands

Yesterday, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visited the A453 widening project in the East Midlands to see how the scheme is progressing and learn how it’s already boosting the economy through local employment. 

Laing O’Rourke’s managing director of Infrastructure, Gary Wells and sector leader for roads, Bryan Diggins, joined Mr McLoughlin on his visit, along with the Highways Agency project manager, Jonathan Pizzey. Following a brief tour of the site, the Transport Secretary had the chance to speak with Jack Kent, local business owner of J A Kent Services Ltd, who benefited from the project early on when they cleared the site of trees and other vegetation.

Jack Kent, Gary Wells, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Jonthan Pizzey

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “The A453 is an important catalyst in boosting the economy. Once complete it will stimulate growth in and around the area and help existing businesses to move their goods and staff around the country more efficiently.

“It is great news that the local area is benefiting from the scheme so early into construction. The fact that 409 people have already been employed through the scheme’s construction, with £21.5 million spent so far with local businesses on materials and their services, is a great asset to the region.”

So far £36.3 million of orders have been placed, with 60 per cent of this (£21.5 million) with sub-contractors based within 50 miles of the project. The project has also recruited local employees to work on the scheme, with over 60 per cent of staff coming from Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire or South Yorkshire.

A453 widening project in the East Midlands

Gary Wells, commented: “It’s fantastic to see the positive impact the A453 project is already having on the local communities that will ultimately benefit from the scheme. We’re committed to building lasting relationships that will leave a positive legacy. We’re doing that by supporting local economic growth through employment, training, apprenticeships and procurement with SMEs and suppliers.

“Our unique Design for Manufacture and Assembly approach is utilising our regional state-of-the-art facility to provide innovative offsite manufactured solutions for many of the structures along the stretch of road. This is not only driving programme efficiencies, it’s also providing even more employment opportunities in Nottinghamshire.”

Jonathan Pizzey said: “The A453 improvement got off to a strong start and we have continued to make good progress over the last year. Traffic is already using part of the new road thanks to the opening of Mill Hill roundabout and we are now surfacing new sections of carriageway in that area.”

A453 widening scheme

The Highways Agency scheme, worth £150 million, will widen a seven mile stretch of the A453 between M1 Junction 24 and the A52 Nottingham Ring Road – a major link serving Nottingham, the M1 and East Midlands Airport.

This scheme has been a long time coming with campaigners working to get the A453 between Junction 24 and Nottingham’s ring road, turned into a dual carriageway since the 1990s.

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